Gut Rumbles

December 20, 2004

the pink letter

I do not believe that a skilled carpenter could take a belt sander to my ass and make me any more chapped than I am right now. I've been in a piss-fight with MCI ever since I cancelled my long-distance account with them months ago. MCI now has turned my "delinquent" account over to a collection agency and I received my first Pink Notice of Impending Death today.

What started this feud was MCI attempting to charge me more than $50 for less than $15 worth of long-distance calls. When I called to protest, they said that I didn't say "NO!" to the offer, so they signed me up for a money-saving plan where I paid $50 per month as a flat fee instead of hassling with those petty 32-cent phone calls I usually make.

Somehow, a bill with less than $15 worth of calls on it now amounts to $400 dollars in the gimlet eyes of MCI. I KNEW that company was fucked-up when they hired Danny Glover as their spokesman. I TOLD them that I would pay for the phone calls I made, but they could stick that $50 fee right up their ass.

Now, some faceless entity is threatening to "ruin my credit" unless I cough up the bucks. BWHAHAHAHAAAA!!! I've got money in the bank, but I have NO INCOME, so my credit already sucks, on paper at least. These people scare the shit out of me.

I changed my long distance service to Alltel months ago, and for curiousity's sake, I dug out my bills for the last FOUR MONTHS. During that time, I made a grand total of $4.32 worth of long-distance calls. That's typical for me, because I seldom make long-distance calls and when I do, it's usually to Recondo and Georgia. Those calls cost next to nothing because I don't stay on the phone long.

MCI wants me to pay them more than $400 in "fees" I don't owe them? I don't think so. And if they keep up their shit, I'm gonna stiff them on what I DO owe them and chalk it up as the cost of MY pain and suffering from this dickheaded harassment they're giving me. They've caused me to lie awake at night worrying about my credit rating.

If you have an MCI account, cancel it. The bastards are lying, devious crooks and their customer service SUCKS.

Fuck 'em.


Amen to that. I went through the same shit with them not too long ago. When I received that notice of collection, I went ballistic. After contacting them, and asking them to provide me with a detailed account of my LD charges, I received about 15 letters, all the same, with the same 'flat' fee you described. I then asked them to send me proof that I agreed to accept a fee above their standard charge for LD calls. Nothing back from them yet, and it has been a month or so. I am thinking about taking them to court, and asking them to produce evidence that I agreed to such a ripoff. Produce the tapes. I would *never* agree to pay a fee that is more than my phone service in the first place, for long distance service that I hardly ever use. I know you wouldn't either. I would suggest that if you agreed to MCI LD service over the phone that you contact the Georgia State Attorney General's office. I am willing to bet they have more than one complaint on file.

Posted by: Anthony L. on December 20, 2004 12:43 PM

I don't know about Georgia law, but in NJ if you file a formal protest of the charges with the collection company, they will not be able to send info to the credit bureaus.

I had surgery on my ankle almost 10 years ago. It was done under local anesthetic. When I got a bill for $1200 from the anesthesiologist, I freaked. After digging around, I found the charge was for the him being "on call" during my procedure.

I didn't pay him one plugged nickel. I heard from the collection agency about 3 months later. On the advice of my lawyer-friend, I sent them a letter stating I believed the charges were inaccurate.

I never heard from them again.

It is my understand the law states the company issuing the charges (the doctor in this case) has to perfom a formal investigation.

Posted by: rightisright on December 20, 2004 05:43 PM

Fuckem, don't pay them a fucking penny.

Posted by: Catfish on December 20, 2004 06:38 PM

Fuck them and feed them beans.

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